Lennar Corporation

(

LEN

) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Lennar Corporation fell 15 cents (-0.5%) to $28.26 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8.3 million shares of Lennar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $27.66-$29 after having opened the day at $28.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.41. Other company's within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were:

Continental Materials Corporation

(

CUO

), down 5.8%,

Heritage-Crystal Clean

(

HCCI

), down 3.4%,

Perma-Fix Environmental Services

(

PESI

), down 2.5%, and

United States Lime & Minerals

(

USLM

), down 2.4%.

Lennar Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding, financial services, and real estate businesses in the United States. Lennar Corporation has a market cap of $4.36 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 65.7, below the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio of 67.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 44.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Lennar Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lennar Corporation as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

Argan

(

AGX

), up 5.2%,

Avalon Holdings

(

AWX

), up 4.4%,

Tri-Tech

(

TRIT

), up 4.2%, and

M/I Homes

(

MHO

), up 4.2%, were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with

Owens Corning Incorporated

(

OC

) being today's featured materials & construction industry winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the materials & construction industry could consider

SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF

(

XHB

) while those bearish on the materials & construction industry could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd

(

SBM

).

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